News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. CDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa health officials say the flu killed more than twice as many residents this past winter as the year before. The Des Moines Register says the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Friday that 270 people in Iowa died from the flu in the season starting last fall. That compares with 133 flu deaths over the same period a year earlier. Just 44 flu deaths were confirmed in Iowa two seasons ago.
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are trying to identify the person whose remains were found in the Mississippi River at Keokuk in southeast Iowa. Boaters reported Thursday afternoon that they'd spotted the body near the Keokuk Yacht Club. Authorities say the body was so badly decomposed it wasn't clear whether the person had been injured in a crime or accident.
ELKADER, Iowa (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for a northeast Iowa man found competent to help his lawyers defend him against two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence. Court records say 21-year-old Kory Doeppke was ruled competent Tuesday after being assessed at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. His trial starting date: July 18.
SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - An auditor says her office mistakenly cancelled the voting rights of a northwest Iowa rancher who has the same name as a felon. Clay County Auditor Marge Pitts said her office made the rancher, Christopher E. Wood, ineligible to vote last fall. She said that was an "unfortunate error" because he had done nothing wrong and remained eligible.
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